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Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks during an event at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City July 17, 2015. Pena Nieto, returning from a visit to France, on Friday acknowledged the escape had caused widespread frustration and that the only way to undo the damage was to recapture Guzman. Reuters

If Mexico is going to take its place as a prosperous country in a globalized world, it will have to invest both political capital and money to build a criminal justice system that will apply the rule of law against violence and corruption.

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Local residents queue to try to buy staple items outside a supermarket at San Antonio in Tachira state, Venezuela, August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Eduardo Ramirez.

A new poll released this week shows just how close Venezuela is to the brink.

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The U.S. flag flies at the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba, August 14, 2015. Watched over by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Marines raised the U.S. flag at the embassy in Cuba for the first time in 54 years on Friday.    REUTERS/Yander Zamora

US policy toward Cuba is no longer about what’s good for the Cuban people. It’s about what will placate an anti-American regime that has held power by brute force for over 55 years.

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (C) speaks in front of a poster of late President Hugo Chavez during the Second ALBA-Petrocaribe Summit at the 4F military fort in Caracas December 17, 2013. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace

Under Chávez and now Maduro, Venezuela’s ruling regime has been active in supporting transnational criminal organizations that traffic drugs, spread violence and sow instability throughout the region.

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US President Barack Obama delivers remarks on August 5, 2015. Reuters

President Obama should denounce the corrupt Maduro regime instead of throwing it a lifeline.

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Federal police officer on duty in Mexico City, Mexico.

In the fight against transnational organized crime in Latin America, the damage done to US security and interests in its own hemisphere is overwhelming.

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More bad news for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and the ruling Workers’ Party, as authorities arrested a powerful political chieftain – José Dirceu, former chief of staff to ex-president Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva.

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Venezuelan National Guard personnel stand guard during the presentation of confiscated cocaine to the media in Maracaibo April 25, 2013.  Reuters

Transnational organized crime, in some cases abetted by lawless Latin American regimes, threatens US security. The US needs to expose organized-crime conspirators, rally support for the rule of law, and reinvigorate antidrug cooperation.

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